It was a brisk, misty morning in the mountains of New Hampshire. The wind whipped what was left of the Grateful Dead flag as the fog slowly burned off over the mountains. It was another day of plumbing, a system that I thought would be easy, like ham-sandwich easy.
As it turns out, clamping a few pipes together is not as easy as it sounds. I carefully chose the locations for the pipes to be ran and began to drill holes through my newly framed cabin. I quickly connected the red pipes to the red pipes and the blue pipes to the blue pipes. I thought to myself that my fellow plumbers Mario and Luigi would be proud.
Maybe plumbing is ham-sandwich easy, I thought, as I went to install our new on demand water heater. Turns out, this was one tough ham sandwich to make.
Setting Up an Off-Grid Plumbing System
After installing a board to attach the water heater to, I began to cut out a hole for the vent. The vent went together easily and I couldn’t wait to get propane to test her out. With all the main lines connected, I began to install a series of three filters, connecting each section as I went.
I wanted to make sure that our water was clean — after all, we would likely be getting water from the local river this season. I grabbed our new 12-volt pump, connected it to our 50-gallon water tank, and ran out to grab the battery from our solar kit. A pair of test clips later, and the pump was humming a sweet song. I cautiously opened a valve and, magic! Water came at…